By Chito Chavez
Influential church group Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) has endorsed the candidacy of mayoral bet and incumbent Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte in the upcoming May 13, 2019 mid-term elections.
With this development, Belmonte thanked the INC for its support that her camp said further cemented her lead over various surveys over rivals Congressman Vincent Crisologo and former Rep. Chuck Mathay.
“I was informed on Monday that INC will support me and majority of the candidates in my slate. This is very, very good news for us, and of course, for Quezon City because we are committed to our promise of giving selfless, top-notch service that will benefit the city’s residents,” Belmonte said on Thursday’s interview.
“Kaya’t nagpapasalamat ako kay kapatid na Eduardo V. Manalo at sa buong kapatiran ng Iglesia ni Cristo sa buong-pusong suporta nila sa atin. Isa po itong malaking karangalan sapagkat ang pangunahing templo at ang opisina ng INC ay nandito mismo sa Quezon City (I thank brother Eduardo V. Manalo and the whole INC organization for their wholehearted support for me. It is a great honor for me since the INC Central Headquarters and office is located right here in Quezon City),” she added.
When asked why the INC gave her its endorsement over other mayoralty candidates, Belmonte said that she “believes the support of majority of the people of Quezon City is with her”.
“We are overwhelmed by the support we have been receiving across all groups in Quezon City, and I think INC shares our vision of wanting the city to keep developing to bring more progress down to the people,” she explained.
Belmonte also attributed the endorsement as a recognition of her clean track record and successful programs implemented as vice- mayor.
Belmonte added, “I personally will not take this for granted. If elected, I will make sure that my platform for inclusive development is felt by all. We will improve and eradicate corruption in city services. We will implement the projects that directly benefit the poor and marginalized.
Belmonte also pointed out that the endorsement was proof that voters are receptive to her platform despite black propaganda being used against her in the run-up to May 13.
In the most recent survey conducted by RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMDinc) from May 4-8, 2019 with 8,000 registered voters, Belmonte widened her lead over her primary opponents Crisologo and Mathay.
Belmonte remains the top choice for mayor with 65 percent over Crisologo, who got 30 percent, and Mathay who received 3 percent. #MatalinongBoto2019